Melissa Donaldson

Head of Nutrition/Dietitian

Melissa Donaldson

Head of Nutrition/Dietitian

Biography

I am Christian woman who is married to an amazing man, Thomas Cox and a mother of 3 beautiful children: Johnna 9, Teagen 6, and Jorja 2.  I played high school volleyball, basketball, softball and ran track and competed in the heptathlon. I played basketball and volleyball in college and upon graduating a year later discovered that coaching/teaching was my calling. I have spent 17 years teaching/coaching science/volleyball at the high school level and coaching one at the college level. Outside of coaching/teaching I have always enjoyed lifting weights and got into running a lot in 2005. When My husband was introduced to CrossFit in 2009 it only took him a year to get me to try it and I haven’t looked back since. I loved the changes that CrossFit produced in my body. Out of all the things I had ever done for so many years nothing produced the results that CrossFit did. I have had the privilege of being able to work with some phenomenal athletes and learn so much from them. What I began to love even more than the physical results was the wealth of information I was  learning and using it in the conditioning and strengthening of my athletes. Since our move to Birmingham in October I am no longer teaching but will be on board at Trussville high school as an assistant volleyball coach in the upcoming season. What I love the most about coaching is the positive relationships I get to build with others and getting to see the influence it has on me and on them. I enjoy so much the privilege of being able to help others as they are on their journey to being fit and achieving goals in all aspects of life physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Professional accomplishments

  • 8 year CrossFit veteran
  • 2013 CrossFit Games Team Athlete
  • 2013 Central East Regional Team Champions
  • 2012-2014 Regional Team Competitor
  • CrossFit CFL1 Level-1 Trainer Course, 2013
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Course
  • Music city full marathon 2010
  • Multiple half marathons
  • BS in Chemistry from MUW 1999